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Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 1350   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Schlenkerla Smokebeer Wheat is an ale with light smoky aroma. As Bavarian wheat beers, it is being brewed with a mixture of both barley malt and wheat malt. The portion of barley malt is hereby a classic Schlenkerla smokemalt, while the wheat malt remains unsmoked. Served unfiltered with its natural haziness, Schlenkerla Wheat reaches its full aroma through bottle fermentation with fine top fermenting yeast.

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3.6
3fourths (9367) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2008
500ml bottle. Soft smokiness to the nose, definitely the wheat is prominent. Cheesy smoky flavor, mild, soft, chewy, pillowy even, decent but nothing great. Chewy, lightly sweet even, i don’t really know what to think of this, it doesn’t really go far enough with the smoke, and it also doesn’t go far enough with the wheat and cheese/yeast aspect, but it’s still really delicious.

3.6
17thfloor (2444) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2008
Wow nice pour, whiskey colored with a large creamy beige head. Smells like smoked peat (I know its not), and bacon. This stuff is interesting. Sweet alkaline and salty smoke. Some sweet banana. Soft fluffy, a little bit girtty, body.

3.6
AmEricanbrew (7080) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAR 13, 2008
Amber with a khaki head that lingers. Has Heller-Trums classic smoked meat cheesy bean w/ bacon soup smell. Light bodied. This one has the big smoke flavors with a noticeable tart wheat taste. Main thing lacking here is a richer texture to carry that great smoke flavor.

3.1
Beer5000 (6820) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 10, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2008 500 ml bottle. Dark red/brown body with a thin beige head. Aroma is dominated by smoke and a hint of caramel. Flavor is also dominated by smoke. Tasting a bit like drinking beer inside a campfire with barbequed hot dogs. It isn’t exactly easy to recognize the wheat here, but the flavor is weaker and thinner than for the ordinary ones. This become a bit to thin and “sour” bitter to be harmonic. Interesting anyway.

3.3
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 5, 2008
Pours a clear copper with a small off white head. Huge smoked aroma with some caramel, some banana and smoked cheddar. The flavor is largely smokey as well although the banana is more noticeable along with the wheat. Very light bodied. Smoky-creamy texture, finishes somewhat long.

3.8
Fin (11047) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2008
Bottle at home, picked this up from Dranken Geers, near Gent, Belgium 03-03-08, drank 04-03-08 Poured mid amber with an off white head. The carbonation was quite heavy in this but fine. Classic smokiness on the nose with some bratwurst there but not as smoky as some of it’s stable mates, struggled to get any normal wheat beer characteristics through that smoke apart from maybe some smoked wheat. Soft and bubbly mouthfeel, smokiness comes through in the mouth with plenty of wood and sausage flavours lingering on in there, I liked this.

3.1
TURDFERGUSON (4068) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Bottle shared with Henning. This stuff was not my cup of tea. Had an almost sour wheat taste in the beginning with a whole bunch of smoke in the finish. I try but I still can’t get into these really smokey beers. Its well made for what it is, that I can honestly say.

3.5
NachlamSie (3597) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2008
Bottle - pours dark ruby with a tall white head. Nose is obviously smoky, though hints of a German hefe come through. Minimal banana might be noticed through the bacon and campfire aroma. Body is medium with decent carbonation. Again, like their other beers, smoke is way up front, but comparatively it is not obnoxious. It’s a little weird: the clove and banana thing going against an earthy, woody, meaty, smoke character. Not bad, but I’d go with the marzen or urbock.

3.1
Goodgrief (2069) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - FEB 24, 2008
June 2007 - Pour was deep cider color with nice fluffy head and lacing. Strong wheat aroma mingled with smoke. The flavor was just so overpowered by the flavor of smoked undercooked bacon that you could barely taste anything else. Bordering on sickly.

2.9
Homebrewerguy (320) - Oil City, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2008
Nothing great, There was little carb and head on pouring the beer, the aroma was of smoke and little else, flavor was of smoke with some roasted malts, no discernable wheat character at all, yeast settled down so hard in bottle that the beer poured crystal clear. I’m wondering if this is an export type beer that is brewed strictly for western tastes as it is well below usual German quality.


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